Located slap bang in the middle of the bustling Carrer Joaquin Costa – the heart of El Raval nightlife – Betty Ford’s is a guaranteed good time. Popular with skaters, hipsters and average Joes, the bar serves reasonably priced drinks with a smile and a bit of banter. There’s a projector beaming nineties classic onto the wall, which only adds to the aura of coolness pervading the place. The fact that it’s one of the last places to shut on the street makes it the de facto gathering point for anyone looking to party late.
A café, cocktail bar, restaurant and club all wrapped into one gorgeously designed locale right in the middle of Barcelona’s historic Plaça Reial – that’s what makes Ocaña one of the rare places locals will set foot in within such close proximity to the Ramblas. The cocktails at Apotheke come with an oriental twist courtesy of mixologist Mario Greenfield and the bar feels like something from the set of a modern day Arabian Nights. It’s the perfect spot to grab a drink if you’re heading to Moog, Macarena or Marula Cafeé afterwards.
Widely reputed as one of the best places for a gin and tonic in the city, Bobby Gin is packed every weekend evening, when locals come to top up on their favourite after-dinner drink. Forget the tumbler glass and slice of lemon your grandmother used to drink, these G&Ts come in larger-than life chalices garnished with various combinations of spice, fruit and other treats while managing to remain incredibly moreish.
This quirky concept bar located in the ever-bohemian Gràcia neighbourhood is a local gem with a floor to ceiling cycling theme. Wheel spokes have been turned into tables and lamps and bike handles into door knobs at El Ciclista – no part of the cycle goes unused. It’s also a serious cocktail bar with some sip-worthy house cocktails and plays the kind of music which will keep you there until late – which is why it’s regularly packed until 3am.